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Jan 20, 2010 7:00am EST
brown is with us exclusively. >>> and manhunt. police in virginia desperately searching for a man accused of gunning down eight people, and they've surrounded a wooded area where they believe he's hiding today, wednesday, january 20th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. and more bad news out of haiti. that aftershock that struck just after 6:00 a.m. eastern time was 36 miles outside of port-au-prince, and it is believed to be the strongest aftershock since last week's quake. >> as you might imagine, it rattled a lot of nerves in an already devastated country, sending people screaming and running outside, including nbc's lester holt, who is there. lester, what was it like? how long did it last? >> reporter: well, we were just discussing that. you know, it's hard to know how long it lasted. our guess is 15 to 20 seconds. i was on the second floor of the structure we're using here where our satellite and transmission facilities are, sitting at a desk, and it s
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Jan 13, 2010 7:00am EST
buildings may be poorly built, matt. >> as you heard michelle kosinski tell us, american missionary jillian thorpe was pulled safely from the rubble of a collapsed building in port-au-prince. her husband, frank thorpe jr., who happened to be an intern with us here on "today," helped with that rescue and also is with us by phone. frank, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> just talk to me about this. i know you were several hours away from port-au-prince when the quake struck. you knew that jillian was in the capital city, perhaps in difficulty. describe your trip into the city and what you saw along the way. >> well, you know, we were walking around about 100 miles north of port-au-prince, and we felt the earthquake, but it was just a smaller quake up there. we actually thought it was funny, but the fact was that we had no cell phone reception there, so we had no idea what was going on. but we heard a rumor that it had hit port-au-prince really hard, so we came here as soon as we could. and we got here and jillian was -- my wife and also one other person were trapped. >> was it ch
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Jan 1, 2010 7:00am EST
ever done that? >> i used to do it because i used to cover it for wnbc. and, wow! >> you did it as a professional. >> as a job. you had to pay me to go there. >> you know, it's funny, you saw all the smiling faces last night. yet, considering all that happened in the last year -- the recession, swine flu, two wars, away from home. i would imagine there are a lot of people who are not real sorry to put 2009 behind them. >> i think -- the president may northbound that category as well. in 2009 he learned firsthand but the challenges that come with that title of president. and there are sure to be more trying times now that the calendar has flipped to 2010. we're going to get into all of that in a moment. >>> also ahead, as matt mentioned, the economy certainly not worth celebrating in 2009. millions of americans still are struggling to find work. what does the new year hold? cnbc's jim cramer shares his outlook. >>> also having some fun looking back at the lighter momentsf 2009 and looking ahead to what we might expect this year out of the hollywood industry and also the music industry
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Jan 3, 2010 8:00am EST
custody, lester. >> michelle kaczynski, thank you. joining us exclusively are jim and muriel sitton, the parents of makayla. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> jim, if i can begin with you, none of us can begin to understand what it must have been like the last five weeks knowing that he was out there. what was it like to wake up this morning knowing that you're safe. >> actually it was a huge relief to know that the monster is in the cage. the last, you know, ever since we've come back into the house, i've been in protective mode. we've had jupiter police in front of our house and in back protecting us 24 hours a day, seven days a week. even with that i would be inside my house patrolling the different windows, you know, until four or five in the morning just because, you know, paul is unpredictable and i was in protective mode trying to make sure that my family was safe. >> were you surprised that he was still in florida after all these weeks and apparently still driving the car that he was last seen in? >> my theory was that he was within ten miles
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Jan 2, 2010 7:00am EST
are not now in use. ohm 40 are deployed for passengers requiring extra security. the secretary of homeland security pushed to buy and install more, but congress resisted, persuaded in part by lobbying that the machines are an invasion of privacy with strip search. >> i talked to a lot of people and debated about why it was important to visualize what was concealed der people's clothing. >> he is a consultant for a company that makes the scanners and they fight deployment for scening, claiming they would be inappropriate as abdulmutallab concealed what he was hiding. >> we have to develop something more effective to defeat the terrorist and doesn't have a huge negative side effect. >>> the obama administration is adding more names to federal watch lists and that affects innocent passengers too. anna garcia, a reporter for knbc in los angeles cannot use curbside check in or get her boarding pass. she is always subjected to screening because a name similar to her is on a watch list. the top commander in the mideast praised leaders in yemen for helping to crack down on terrorists accu
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Jan 8, 2010 7:00am EST
birthday. this morning, priscilla presley joins us for an exclusive, live interview from graceland. >> that man could move. >> sure could. >>> let's begin with a blunt assessment from the president about w the alleged christmas day bomber came close to carrying out a devastating attack. nbc's savannah guthrie is at the white house with more on this. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the president said no single human being or agency led to this failure, so he hasn't fired anyone, but he did not spare the intelligence community a very damning assessment. >> we can't sit on information that could protect the american people. >> reporter: at the helm of a potentially catastrophic failure of the u.s. government, the president said the responsibility for the christmas day near disaster on flight 253 ultimately lies with him. >> i am less interested in passing out blame than i am in learning from and correcting these mistakes to make us safer. for, ultimately, the buck stops with me. >> reporter: while signaling that high-ranking officials' jobs will be spared, the president p
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Jan 9, 2010 7:00am EST
be back for a local update. join us at 9:00 for the latest his fiuáu appearance and we will find out what happened inside and out the courtroom. what he has been telng investigator investigators. >> after worry and long lines for the vaccine, what happened to the swine flu? a lot to tell you about the way the disease progressed and what has been recommended now on getting that vaccine or not. >> did you get yours? >> i got the seasonal flu vaccine because it was right here on the show. >> i paid $18 and got the swine flu because they had it. >> i got it for my kids, but i'm unprotected. >> we will talk about the economy and pting people back to work. we want to start off with the latest from savannah guthrie. >> reporter: the shipping giant u.p.s. slashed 1800 management and administrative jobs, underscoring the bad employment and the labor department. they faced budget at 10% and 85,000 jobs walked. the rate of underemployed, people working part-time that can't get full time jobs is up to 17.3%. at an event to announce tax credits for green jobs, the president acknowledged the s
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Jan 25, 2010 7:00am EST
the union address. chuck todd is with us at the white house. >> reporter: with the state of the union looming on wednesday, the president is trying to regain his political footing after a devastating week of setbacks, which began with the populace revolt in massachusetts and the republican victory there. in fact, washington so shaken up that ben bernanke's bid for second term as fed chair is now in jeopardy. after one of the toughest weeks of his presidency, president obama is still on political defense. his latest challenge? getting federal reserve chairman, ben bernanke, confirmed for a second term. >> president obama checked in with the leadership over the weekend and he heard from senator reid, that there's a lot of support for ben bernanke. we're confident that the chairman will be confirmed. >> reporter: but the senate democrats' top vote counter said it's not a done deal and the president will need a significant chunk of republican senators for the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. >> i still have unanswered questions and many colleagues do. we will need republican support
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Jan 22, 2010 7:00am EST
former mistress's daughter, could john edwards now be indicted over money used to keep that woman quiet? >>> and say what? a woman records her husband saying the strangest things in his sleep. >> i don't have them, but now they're a huge hit on the internet. so, what does he have to say last night? we're going to find out when they join us for a live interview today, friday, january 22nd, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. matt, i want you to take a look at this. this is snow in flagstaff, arizona. not rare, but what is unusual is the amount that has fallen, up to 23 inches since just wednesday. >> that's right, and the snow has led to hundreds of flight cancellations and delays and prompted arizona's governor to declare a statewide emergency, anit's expected to continue for the next day or two. that's not what the people out there want to hear. we're going to have more on that and the ongoing trail of damage caused by a week of rain in southern california, just ahe
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Jan 14, 2010 7:00am EST
. >> but first, let us get you caught up on the overnight developments. the death toll unclear this morning. haitian president rene preval has said the death toll could be around 50,000, but one haitian senator believes that it could soar to as high as 500,000, and there are unconfirmed reports of at least three american deaths. there are some 45,000 americans living and working in haiti. meanwhile, the first u.s. planes carrying food, water and other supplies have started to arrive. u.s. navy ships are headed to the region, one carrying 2,000 marines to assist with security there. we're going to talk to secretary of state hillary clinton about the u.s. response to the disaster in just a moment. >>> but we want to begin on this thursday morning with ann curry, who is in port-au-prince right now, and she has the latest on the disaster. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. not since the tsunami has there been a humanitarian crisis that has needed the world's help than this one in haiti right now. it is a country in chaos. [ screaming ] while the widespread damage
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Jan 10, 2010 8:00am EST
state of florida. flurries and ice reported as far south as miami yesterday. people using whatever they can to scrape off their windshields in florida. not something youould see every day. in fact orlando hit one of the coldest highs its seen in about five years. and several southern states just dealing with treacherous roadways as a result of this system. sheets of ice all the way from dallas in through st. louis in through atlanta. so, lesters are today we are still in the 20s here and again going to be some sleepless nights for the farmers across florida all the way from citrus to strawberries. >> so strange to hear the word flurries and florida in the same sentence. weather channel's julie martin. julie, thank you. so is there any hope in sight for ending this deep freeze? janice huff is upstairs. tell us the good news. >> well, there is good news and hope in sight. it is going to warm up but not today. the temperatures around the region right now range from 1 degree above 0 in chicago to 36 in miami. with the wind in miami, the windchills are in the 20s there. you can see the cold
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Jan 30, 2010 7:00am EST
send us to washington to fight each other in a political steel cage match to see who comes out alive. >> reporter: republicans began by presenting the president with a booklet of ideas and as many complains mr. obama spent the last year ignoring them. >> multiple times from your administration there have been statements that republicans have no idea of the solutions. >> reporter: other sore spots remain. at the top of the list, jobs and how to create more of them. >> will you consider supporting across the board tax relief. >> reporter: the $787 billion stimulus, target of republican attacks, resulted in two million jobs and hit back at gop critics. >> a lot of you have gone to appear at ribbon cuttings for the same projects you voted against. >> reporter: despite the talk of getting along and bipartisan comedy, there is a desperate struggle for control. many republicans believe in outside experts concur. they had a chance to take back the house in november. how that bodes for bipartisans getting along in washington, only time will tell. >> mike viquiera at the white house, thank you
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Jan 23, 2010 7:00am EST
will begin with miguel almaguer who joins us from la canada flintridge, california. >> reporter: the big concern in this community was mud slides. it appears mother nature and sandbags seem to work together. now time for the cleanup. the damage was done in just five days. cleanup may take weeks. thinking mud, tangled debris littered the streets. in southern california, neighbors aren't just cleaning up. they are going home. the threat of mud slides forced thousands to evacuate is over. now they areiven the all-clear to return back. as the storms move into arizona, it flooded parts of sedona. 100 miles away, this house left dangling as water rages below. >> we don't expect to drown. >> reporter: in scottsdale, arizona the storm also damaged antique cars when poles were tossed by strong winds. the eastern part of th state, whiteout conditions forced the closure of several interstates and roads. there's good news for parts of the west. all of the rain and snow put a dent in the drought and parched the region in recent years. >> we got a good soaking in the west and a good start on the s
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Jan 18, 2010 7:00am EST
cameron and "avatar," he and his castill join us coming up. >>> and we'll check in with al and natalie, who were in los angeles following a sleepless night of following the glitz and glamour. >> and congratulations on their big win, that's nice. >> thank you. >> i'd like to thank all the little people. >>> we want to start this morning on a serious note. we're talking about the relief efforts and increasing tension in haiti. lester holt joins us this morning, from port-au-prince. lester, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, for a sixth straight night, people slept on the streets in port-au-prince, in case of aftershocks. people are weary, tired, they're hungry, they're thirsty and they want help. help, food and water is arriving in this country. it is getting to some people. but the demand is simply overwhelming. from the air, a landscape of flattened and gutted buildings. and on the ground, the challenge of caring for those who lived is testing the skills of relief workers and survivors. on sunday, tempers flared at one food and water distribution site when supplies ran out. near t
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Jan 27, 2010 7:00am EST
admission back in 2006. she chose to stand by him. she'll tell us why in a live interview later on in the show. >>> but we begin this wednesday morning with president obama's first state of the union address, a speech that comes at a pivotal time in his presidency. david gregory is the moderator of "meet the press." david, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. well, high anxiety around the country means high stakes for the president tonight. the white house agenda and the fate of the president's party in this midterm election year are both riding on the new course the president sets in tonight's speech. >> the president of the united states. >> reporter: one overriding goal for mr. obama is to restore confidence in his leadership. >> i think it's a turning point for the president. he has to recapture the voice that he had during the campaign. >> reporter: while still personally popular, doubts are growing about his ability to solve problems. in a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll, only 39% felt confident the president had the "right set of goals and policies to b
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Jan 16, 2010 8:14am EST
american express can be used for over a million things you want... and experiences you'll never forget. and because points don't expire you can keep them to use whenever you like. can your card say that? it's tough to reach that five servings a day if you don't always like the taste of vegetables. good thing v8 v-fusion juice gives you a serving of vegetables hidden by a serving of fruit. v8. what's your number? another take? revlon doubletwist mascara. a revolutionary 2-in-1 applicator that combines a thickening brush with separating combs for massive volume and remarkable definition. revlon doubletwist mascara. it's worth a double take. >> 20-year-old misty elliott arrived in haiti one day before the earthquake. it was part of a humanitarian project to help the people of haiti. she was trapped in the rubble beforing out. she is a long with her parents join us exclusively this morning. thank you for being here. what an ordeal. how are you doing? >> i'm doing okay. >> you have only been here for 24 hours or so back in the united states, but take us back. you had only been in the
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Jan 17, 2010 8:00am EST
continue to shock and sadden so many of us. >> reporter: it's a story that continues to get dramatic by the hour, a lot to report overnight we got another pretty strong aftershock that jolted a lot of us awake. fortunately it was short in duration. there was also good news on the search and rescue front. a woman has pulled from the wreckage of that hotel in haitianville that collapsed during the earthquake. she was only dehydrated but alive. some people had been pulled alive from a supermarket. there's been a massive rescue operation there. we'll learn more about that coming up. >>> the u.n. meantime is calling this the worst disaster it has ever responded to. not only the scope of the disaster but the lack of local officials with which to coordinate the relief operation. secretary of state clinton was on the ground in port-au-prince yesterday to get a look at the devastation for herself and to help map out the u.s. continued relief response here. that's all coming up as we tell you some of what we saw in our tour around this area yesterday, jenna. >>> also ahead we'll have an exclusive int
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Jan 7, 2010 7:00am EST
o'donnell is in washington with more for us. norah, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. simply put, this is an embarrassment for one of the president's top advisers and a member of his cabinet. >> the package will be deficit-neutral. >> reporter: peter orszag is the white house budget director, focused on policy. >> the budget that we are releasing this morning -- >> reporter: but now the personal life of the president's youngest cabinet member is in the public eye. the story broke in the "new york post" wednesday online, that the 41-year-old orszag fathered a child out of we did lock with shipping heiress clair melonas. the news forced orszag and his former girlfriend to put out a joint statement, saying "we were in a committed relationship until the spring of 2009. in november, claire gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. although we are no longer together, we are both thrilled she is happy and healthy." this comes just one week after the announcement that orszag was getting engaged to abc's biana goladriga. she broke the news on national television. >> congr
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Jan 4, 2010 7:00am EST
woods' defense being used by the lawyer for the mack accused of blackmailing david letterman. in court papers, joe halderman's attorney is using a aspect of the woods' sex scandal to get his client's charges dismissed. >>> we're going to begin with the deep freeze that's gripping much of the country. we'll get to al's forecast in just a moment. we'll start with nbc's jeff rossen, who is in new york's times square, freezing. jeff, good morning. >> reporter: a few blocks away, it feels like you sent m to siberia. in new york city, you saw it on the plaza, 20 degrees outside. with the wind chill, it feels about five or six degrees. i was going to complain about that. but then i looked up the temperature in des moines, eye. with the wind chill there, it feels like negative 25. a lot of cities this morning are dealing with the bitterly cold like we are. other cities are dealing with the heavy snow, many are dealing with both at once. as snow piles up in the northeast -- and temperatures dip well below zero in the midwest -- you have the winter weather-lovers -- >> it's like a winter w
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Jan 29, 2010 7:00am EST
tell us more about the speech or the room that it was delivered in? >> oh, i think it's both, but i think, without a doubt, the president had different messages for different groups. he was trying to speak to his own democratic base. he was trying to speak to even moderate democrats, independent voters who are frustrated with government. but he did want to do two things to the right. on one hand, he said look, i want to look for pragmatic ways to work together. i'm not going to try to shove health care down your throat, but i am going to blame you if you stand on the sidelines and require that it takes 60 votes in the senate to get nippianyth. you're going to have to be accountable for what goes on or doesn't get down in washington. he's playing the outsider. >> he says he wants a jobs bill sooner rather than later. how tough a battle, how tough will the fight be over the content of that bill? >> well, i don't think it will have to be that big. the house has passed the bill, they have to work on elements of that. the senate can take it up as well. there seems to be bipartisan suppor
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Jan 11, 2010 7:00am EST
she feels about hitting the big 5-0. we'll talk to her. that's old business for us. >>> but let's begin with a check of the morning's top stories. an curry over at the news desk, good morning to you, an. >>> good morning, everybody, we begin with the record-breaking cold sweeping across the nation, during the night, falling temperatures broke records in no fewer than eight cities in florida. heightening concerns about crops and about food prices. we've got nbc's ron mott in atlanta this morning with details. hey ron, good morning. >> reporter: in a city nicknamed hot atlantaa scenes like this one don't do much for that reputation. it's been frigid here for the better part of a week, the longest cold snap since 1982. and this big chill is getting costly. in florida this weekend, farmers like carl grooms had a lot of frozen fruit on their hands. and a disturbing crunch under their feet. as temperatures continued to plummet overnight. threatening to wipe out crops and the profits that come with them. >> if you're a farmer, you need to deal with the elements. and this is one of them.
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Jan 24, 2010 8:00am EST
week ago an equally adorable litter was born giving us a newatch of fur balls to fall in love with. here's a live look at them. obviously it's breakfast in that household. we'll meet them in our next half hour. >> you see how they all lined up light, dark, light, dark. they know what they're doing. >> i didn't notice that. anyway, adorable shot. >>> first let's move to politics. democrats took a devastating hit losing last week's massachusetts senate race and their super majority. it has the president bringing in reinforcements to make sure the story doesn't repeat itself in this fall's midterm elections. this, as he prepares for his first state of the union address this week. here with more is david gregory, moderator of "meet the press." good morning. >> good morning. >> he's bringing in david. who is that. >> he's a very important adviser. he was a campaign manager during the 2008 successful run for the white house. veteran of capitol hill as well. he is the one who was tasked even when he was outside the white house on hiatus, he wrote a book about the experience of 2008 to rea
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Jan 5, 2010 7:00am EST
details on that in a live report from the white use coming up in a couple of minutes. >>> plus, some never-before-seen photos of tiger woods, and they offer a side of the golfing legend rarely, if ever, seen, courtesy of "vanity fair" magazine. we'll have a look at them straight ahead. >>> but we begin this tuesday morning with the deep freeze that has spread to even more of the country. nbc's jeff rossen's in snowy upstate new york in fulton, just outside syracuse, the shot we showed you before. jeff, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, matt, good morning to you. as you know, they're used to major snow here in upstate new york near syracuse, but nothing quite like this. biggest storm here in three years. right now this is not a snow drift that i'm standing in. this is not a big pile of plowed snow. this is actually, matt, somebody's front lawn. somebody actually lives here. 52 inches of snow on the ground here right now. it's been snowing for nine days straight. not sure you can tell, but it's still coming down this morning. oh, and it's cold here, too, from the east to the midwe
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Jan 21, 2010 7:00am EST
whether campaignoney was used to try to cover up the affair. he has denied wrongdoing. tomorrow we'll take a look at that investigation, matt, and at the former aide who now claims to have been at the center of that cover-up. >> all right, nbc's lisa myers. lisa, an extraordinary story. thank you very much. >> reporter: thank you. >> it's now 7:08. here's meredith. >> matt, thank you. >>> after days of negotiation and weeks of speculation, it is now official, nbc is confirming this morning that the network and conan o'brien have reached a deal. nbc's lee cowan is in los angeles with the details. lee, good morning. >> reporter:ood morning, meredith. yeah, it has been a long couple of weeks, but as you say, nbc is now ready to say that they do have a deal with conan o'brien that allows him to leave the network. in fact, his last "tonight show" will be tomorrow night. in terms of his exit deal, we're told, are worth roughly around $45 million. about a quarter of that is severance for his staff, but although conan is allowed to leave nbc, and even specific characters or anything he
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Jan 19, 2010 7:00am EST
been destroyed. it took us a little over an hour to make the drive from port-au-prince to leo gong. much of the road is passable. as much as there is to do in port-au-prince, relief efforts haven't even started here. no one is coming. the now homeless monitor a radio for word from the outside. a car battery is the single source of electricity. they share what water and food they have. >> but we have a couple people in the big city, but over here, this is a remote nobody. nobody came help. >> reporter: the government who continues to build up forces here now says it will temporarily allow haitian orphans to come into the u.s. for care. bill clinton, who has deep roots in the country, is convinced with the world's help, haiti can recover. >> they can get out of this. they can build a mono state still. we can go back to what we were doing before the earthquake happened, but we've got to get through this tough spot first. >> reporter: and that, more than anything, is the hard part. this morning, a plane load of 53 haitian orphans is arriving in pittsburgh. pennsylvania's governor rende
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Jan 6, 2010 7:00am EST
president, and you answered it for us. andrea mitchell, thank you so much for your perspective. >> you bet. >> it is 7:04. here's matt. >>> in talking about the president, there was blunt talk from president obama on tuesday when it comes to the failed christmas day attack on a u.s. airliner. he called the entire performance of the intelligence community not acceptable. nbc's savannah guthrie's at the white house with more on that. savannah, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. aides inside the meeting say the president gave agency heads a stern rebuke, telling them point blank this is a screw-up that could have had tragic implications, but for now, the president is standing by his team. no heads rolling yet. the president emerged from the nearly two-hour meeting and put the blame squarely on the intelligence community. >> when a suspected terrorist is able to board a plane with explosives on christmas day, the system has failed in a potentially disastrous way. >> reporter: the president said point blank, the attempted attack would have been avoided if intelligence ag
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Jan 26, 2010 7:00am EST
white house correspondent chuck todd is at the white house for us this morning. hey, chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. well, the president is spending all day behind closed doors putting the finishing touches on what even aides concede now is probably the most important speech he's given of his short presidency. >> above all, we're going to keep fighting to renew the american dream. >> reporter: ahead of tomorrow's state of the union address, the president was test driving some themes aimed squarely at the middle class and designed to feel their pain. the focus on jobs. >> more than 7 million hav been lost as a consequence of this recession, an epidemic that demands our relentless and sustained response. >> reporter: the president also outlined a series of proposals, including doubling the child care tax credit, boosting federal funding for child care and elder care, capping federal student loan payments and requiring all employers to automatically enroll workers in an i.r.a. after a week of political setbacks, the white house is relieved to learn t
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Jan 28, 2010 7:00am EST
of the union. 71 minutes long, and president obama used a lot of it to convince the american people he's focused on issue number one, the economy and jobs. >> the president called jobs his number one focus in 2010, and he told lawmakers he wanted a new jobs bill on his desk "without delay." in fact, it took president obama 33 minutes to bring up what was once his administration's biggest priority, and that would be health care. >> just ahead, some reaction to the speech from both sides of the aisle when we talk to vice president joe biden and former florida governor, republican jeb bush. but let's begin at the white house with nbc's chuck todd, our chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, matt. look, it was a very animated president obama last night who delivered his first state of the union that was as much about trying to shore up his own political standing with the american public as it was about laying out his agenda for the coming year. >> the worst of the storm has passed. >> reporter: the president took pains to talk about
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Jan 12, 2010 7:00am EST
president says the senate majority leader was only trying to praise him but he used what the president calls inartful language. >> that's right. reid's remarks were revealed in a book called "game change" that also delves a lot into the mccain/palin campaign, including claims that john mccain's aides had serious questions about sarah palin's mental stability and that she was not senator mccain's first choice for a running mate. we're going to talk to the senator about it all in just a moment. >>> also, it is bonus season on wall street, but it seems the only people happy about that are the people receiving those bonuses. take a look at some of these numbers. the average payout for a jpmorgan chase employee, $463,000. goldman sachs, $595,000. both banks, you'll remember, were bailed out by taxpayer money. and again, those are the averages. some executives at these companies are going to get millions and millions of dollars. so, what, if anything, can the government do about all this? we're going to have much more on that, coming up. >>> plus, the latest on the late-night shuffling going
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Jan 22, 2010 4:30am EST
kierein who is joining us in the studio to give us an update. >> we had a couple of inches of snow where those schools are delayed. two inches of snow and sleet and closer to washington overnight we had about half an inch to just maybe a tenth of an inch of snow and sleet, far northern montgomery county and into parts of loudoun county, frederick county and panhandle of west virginia and around the northern blue ridge. the regional radar, see those areas of moving color, that is where you see the blue and green that's rain. we're getting scattered light rain across virginia. those pink zones mixing with a little bit of sleet. scattered sleet in the shenandoah valley. panhandle of west virginia. sleet and light snow moving into the southern shenandoah valley and southern west virginia. now, this precipitation is going to be lingering here for all the y into the afternoon hours. some heavier rains right now just off the outer banks. an area of low pressure is over eastern kentucky now and another area of low pressure beginning to form around the outer banks. with that outer banks low
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Jan 27, 2010 4:30am EST
to the issue. 44% told us that. with just 16% who say he's paid too little attention to health care. on the economy, those numbers are nearly reversed. 51% say he's paid too little attention to the economy, while just 5% believe he's paid too much attention. >>> and that was nbc's chuck todd reporting. we will have live coverage of the president's state of the union address tonight beginning at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific right here on this nbc station. >>> and now here's a look at some other stairs making news "early today" in america. >>> a deputy in california pulled a man from the path of an oncoming train. an infrared camera shows the man stumbling down the tracks. the officer runs up and grabs him second before the train moves through. police arrested the man for public drunkenness and concluded he was attempting suicide. >>> an elementary school in massachusetts is closed after vandals left behind a trail of destruction. the suspect's ram sacked desks and 200 donated computers. it caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. >>> treacherous conditions in iowa. five peopl
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Jan 29, 2010 4:30am EST
." >>> in sports, last night the orlando magic used some hocus pocus to make a celtic lead disappear. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. >>> good morning. a battle of eastern conference powers came down to the wire in orlando. magic rallied to beat the boston celtics. pick it up late in the fourth. j.j. reddic with the tie. he got it. 41 seconds to play. moments later, lewis. drove past kevin garnett. drained the go ahead layup. magic took a 96-94 lead. two seconds to play. wallace for the win. airball. the magic trailed by as many as 16 at one point and came back to win it, 96-94. now to new york. knicks had a double digit lead on the raptors. surprise, surprise, they blew it. under 30 seconds to play. chris bosh, tough layup. team high 27. raptors up three. final seconds, harrington for the tie. but he was called for the charge. leave it to the knicks to end the game with an offensive foul. raptors won it, 106-104. another great finish between the suns and mavs. phoenix with a two-point lead late in the fourth when steve nash took over. the qu
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Jan 26, 2010 4:30am EST
a dollar. the suspect used an object resembling a pipe. the multiple blows caused severe lacerations and the suspect stole her wallet which had 15 cents in it. >>> a land slide in san antonio caused officials to evacuate around 100 homes. the shifting soil caused crevices to form in backyards some as large as six feet. some homes have already suffered structure damage from the collapsing earth. residents are being put up in hotel rooms paid for by the housing complex. >>> scientist in california are examining a mars rock believed to come from deep within the planet. nasa's exploration rover "opportunity" discovered the baseball size rock. it is different in composition and character from any other rock they found on the planet and could shed light on the interior of the red planet. >>> the girl scout bakery in kentucky added another item to its roster. the latest creation. thank you berry much. a cranberry cookie with white chocolate fudge chips. >>> here's bill karins with the weather channel forecast. bill, good morning. i don't know if that will top my tag alongs. >> you have to g
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Jan 4, 2010 4:30am EST
weather and that forced them to float across a floating piece of wayward ice. firefighters used an air boat to rescue them. >>> orange farmers in florida are scrambling to save their trees. some have sprinkler running all week. the younger trees are especially vulnerable to frost and the constant miss may make the difference between a fruitful orchard. >>> one colorado couple to a significant starting line. the pair decided to get married on a racetrack, as it's the activity that first brought them together. while the two survived fiery crashes, fortunately a safe victory lap. but this union right on track. what a way to start a marriage. >>> and a pledge made 20 years ago by third gradersin washington brought former classmates back to their school. the third grade class vowed to meet at noon on new year's day in 2010. the teacher said he didn't know how many people would show up. the reunited class now plans to do it in 2010. that's some school spirit. now here's a look at your national and regional weather with nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. bill, i
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Jan 1, 2010 4:30am EST
more people watching us going to bed than are waking up as normal. so good morning to everyone out there. hope you had a fun last night. hope you're doing all right right now. as far as what we're going to deal with as we go throughout the night tonight, into your new year's day, not a lot of storms to deal with. but we have unsettled weather. the outdoor hockey game in boston. snow showers, but nothing too bad. we'll see a lot of college football games down here in florida. we are going to see heavy rain. that will be interesting for the football games later on today. one little storm exiting as we watched the ball drop in times square. didn't really pour. it was a little uncomfortable. temperatures aren't that bad, but they will be sooner or later. colder air will filter into all areas of the east in the days ahead. a little bit of light snow southern new england, mixing with drizzle along the coast. also have areas of snow back through western new york. heavy snows coming down off lake michigan. really impressive lake effect bands heading towards kalamazoo, south of grand rapids
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Jan 21, 2010 4:30am EST
different. it's unbelievable. it's a mystery. >>> this comes to us from kshb in kansas city, missouri, where one community is lending a hand to one of the latest additions to the melting pot. a sudanese refugee has adapted well to america and earned a master's degree since coming here. but to marry the love of his life he needs a dowry of 110 cows. unlike the beginning of his american adventure, he has support. missouri locals are pulling together to raise the $15,000 needed to buy the cows for the dowry. that's so great to see that community come together. >> that is great. everyone is helping there, trying to get those cows. >> as it should be in the united states. welcoming to open arms. >> yes. >>> i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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Jan 12, 2010 4:30am EST
. >>> foul play. after years of denial, super slugger mark mcgwire comes clean about his use of steroids. >>> and sinkhole swallows an entire yard in central florida. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> hello. good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a bill for services rendered. with billions of dollars still owed to the government, the white house is weighing the idea of levying a fee on the bailed out banks in order to recover those taxpayer funds. it comes as many companies prepare to hand out seven and eight figure bonuses to top executives. although unemployment remains at 10% nationwide, wall street is again reaping record profits. now the obama administration is looking for ways to recoup rescue funds while aligning itself with the needs and outrage of main street america. while the administration expects to recover the money pumped into the financial sector, other bailouts for automakers and the insurance giant aig will likely never be repaid. >>> this morning pope benedict xvi weighed in on the issue of gay marriage suggesting it threatens the natural orde
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Jan 15, 2010 4:30am EST
great crisis there are always people that say really stupid things. to use the power of your pulpit to try to convince those not to help their brothers and sisters is sad. >> the white house spokesman also took on evangelist broadcaster pat robertson, who said haiti has been cursed because its pact with the devil. gibbs called that quote, utterly stupid. >> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. >>> connecticut researchers are using the latest technology to unlock the secrets of a 4,000-year-old mummy. tests done yesterday revealed the body they thought was a male priest was actually a woman in her 30s. scientists are working to determine her background and cause of death. >>> a washington state man may face charges of illegal possession after officials found four-foot alligator and 40 snakes in his home. animal control officers seized the snakes, most of which were poisonous. they have the daunting test of finding homes for nonvenue on manious snakes. >>> in three days they created this guy, luigi. a comb for a nose and bricks for its mouth. while th
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Jan 13, 2010 4:30am EST
with the weather channel forecast. >> i'm still chilly from coming in this morning. >> please help us, bill. >> sooner or later. sooner or later. good morning, everyone. that miserable story continues down there in haiti. couldn't picture a worse place for an earthquake to hit. they still hadn't rofd from the hurricanes that hit them in 2008. of course we'll have more developments on that during the day and more on the aftershocks, too. temperatures are warming up. as we said, the weather pattern is very quiet this morng. finally, florida is not as cold. 47 in miami. freeze anything gainsville and tallahassee. the damage has already been done to the crops. one area that is a little shocking this morning, north of new york city, connecticut, boston, windchill down to 1. there's not a lot of bad weather. light rain in south texas. snow showers coming across lake ontario and lake erie and rain t here in california. that about does it. temperatures are going to be pretty simple today. cold start, nice finish. temperatures 60s in north florida. 40s and some 50s in the southeast. so we're s
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Jan 18, 2010 4:30am EST
. nbc news chief pentagon special ift joins us live this morning from afghanistan. jim, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. as you can see behind me, the smoke is still rising from some of the suicide bombs that went off in the heart of kabul near the presidential palace and several ministry in what is a highly sophisticated attack. after the first bomb went off and first responders came to the scene, they came under heavy fire from taliban fighters who had positioned themselves on the upper floors of a nearby market, which eventually erupted into flames. in the midst of that, another suicide bomber driving an ambulance set off a blast. according to afghan officials, one policeman and a child killed in the blast. four militants killed in the fierce firefight that went on for two and a half hours. although it appears to be quiet now, western itelligence officials say more suicide bombers may be roaming the city in this brazen attack on the capital may not be over yet. lynn? >> jim, thank you so much for that report. >>> a new week begins in haiti much in the same way
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Jan 8, 2010 4:30am EST
major roadways people use to go to work. it doesn't appear to have been plowed. some trucks have treated the road but it doesn't appear it's been plowed at this point. probably right now they are focusing on the more major roadways. we're seeing traffic come through the area. you'll see a car come through right now. it does seem to me that they are going a little bit fast for these conditions. driving out here on 270, there was a lot of snow on the roadway from, starting around the germantown area as you got closer into washington, it seems like the conditions got a little bit worse with heavier snow. it was laying on 270. but we did see some trucks out there, certainlyut treating the roadway, but some folks seemed like they were going a little bit fast for the conditions. there were tractor-trailers out there going faster than the speed limit passing us. people not heeding some of the warnings out there. again, we're seeing some of the truck out here, treating the roadways. but certainly some slick conditions as we were pulling into the parking lot here at this shopping center,
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Jan 20, 2010 4:30am EST
o'donnell gives us the very latest from boston. kelly? >> reporter: good morning, lynn. for disappointed democrats, the blame game begins today. trying to figure out how what seemed like a sure thing, a victory for democrat martha coakley to follow the late ted kennedy. how did that fall apart? well, many blame coakley for not working hard enough, not understanding the everyday concerns of voters who were angry about things going on in washington, not being able to blunt the momentum of scott brown, a little-known republican who has now become the insurgent candidate who will succeed kennedy. coakley is the attorney general here in massachusetts and will go back to that job but said she was heartbroken in defeat. defended what she did on the campaign trail saying she worked passionately and hard. she acknowledged all of her supporters, thanked the kennedy family, and reminded everyone that president obama had put his credibility on the line here trying to help her in a last-minute campaign visit, but that was not enough for martha coakley. back to you, lynn. >>> despite that
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Jan 7, 2010 4:30am EST
use of a weapon of mass destruction. officials say the suspect, who was apparently trained by al qaeda in yemen, tried to ignite a bomb hidden under his clothing. near 300 people were on board that flight. >>> meanwhile, an alarming new report from the pentagon shows about 20% of detainees have been linked to terrorist or militant activity after being transferred out of the guantanamo bay prison. according to the classified findings, 560 suspects have been moved overseas from the facility. those, about one in five either engaged in terrorism or suspected of participated in it. the findings could present more difficulty for the obama administration, which remains determined to shut the facility despite signs it will almost certainly miss its own self-imposed deadline to do so. >>> soon a number of detainees not moved abroad will be tried in federal courtrooms inside the united states. now, new york city mayor, michael bloomberg, is calling on washington to cover the cost of trials set to take place in downtown manhattan. bloomberg said the cost of security for trying khalid shake
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Jan 19, 2010 4:30am EST
infamously rowdy parliament, once again, lawmakers used their fists to get their point across. both women and men took part in the melee over a new law. by the time the gavel was pounded, three people were scratched up. >>> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day after the long holiday weekend. the dow opens at 10,609 after falling 100 points last friday. the s&p dipped 12 and the nasdaq dropped 28 points. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei sank 90 points, but in hong kong, the hang seng jumped 217 points. >>> well, after months of pursuit, it looks like kraft's persistence is about to pay off in a bittersweet deal to take over cadbury. executives from both companies reportedly worked through the night on what could be a $19 billion buyout. takeover talks turned hostile after cadbury refused a lower offer back in the fall with rival confectioners courting cadbury along the way, but the english candy-maker made no secret that the way to its chocolate-covered heart was more cash, and that's reportedly what they got. a deal should b
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Jan 28, 2010 4:30am EST
big story. let's get a check a little closer to home. if you're watching us in boston, you're part of that change, too. you're kind of cool. 36 for a high today and snow flurries. north carolina, 60. big change coming at you. last dry day for a little while. so, lynn, i'm sorry. going to have to bring that cold air here. >> that's all right. it's january. we understand. >> yeah. back to normal and a little below. >> thank you. >>> well, netflix is on fire, congress barbecues the treasury secretary, and apple finally spills the beans. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. >>> plus, although she lives with jim carrey, you won't believe who jenny mccarthy says she'd like to date. >>> the yankees sign an outfielder, serena williams dominates, and the nba pulls the plug on gilbert arenas. you're watching "early today." >>> good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. and here are some of your top headlines this morning. >>> elizabeth edwards has split from her husband, former presidential candidate john edwards, just days after he admitted fatherin
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Jan 5, 2010 4:30am EST
sleeping. he left his chair only once every eight hours to use the restroom. and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with your weather channel forecast. bill, husbands everywhere just got themselves a very good idea. an excuse. >> 72 hours is impressive. without sleeping. that's the hard part. are you sick of the cold? >> i have a feeling you don't have good news for us. >> no. not until april. it's going to be a while. good morning, everyone. it's just cold. it's just the way it is. it's going to stay this way right through this upcoming weekend. temperatures this morning are in the 20s. a couple areas in the 30s. we're holding out today just fine in orlando and miami but colder air on the way later this week. the windchill bites you this morning. the windchill is 8 in atlanta. that doesn't happen that often. a windchill of 3 in nashville. cincinnati, windchill of 2. coldest air is definitely back here through the ohio valley. we don't really have much in the way of snow out there. we do have some lake effect enhanced snow but not
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Jan 14, 2010 4:30am EST
karins with the weather channel forecast. bill, with those temperatures that you were showing us last week, i would expect that. this week it's gotten a little bit better. >> a little bit. but it's not going to melt that ice in the house he especially in minnesota. they might have to wait until march to melt that. good morning. of course one of the big stories that's happening or the big story is what's happening in haiti. people are asking me how common is it to see an earthquake like this. official there it was a 7.0. this is around the whole globe. we get one 8.0 or higher. 17.0 to 17.9 are major earthquakes. it happened to be ten miles away from port-au-prince. we have seen pictures of what that devastation can do to poorly built buildings. light rain in texas. everybody is warming up this morning. in the east, travel looks fantastic. temperatures will be warming slowly. we should be sunny in most cases. in the middle of the country, no travel problems either. just light rain from houston and downpours from san antonio south wards. not a bad thursday overall coast to coast. that's
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Jan 6, 2010 4:30am EST
can be forgotten one day and hotter than a hot tomale the next. >>> this comes to us from ksdk news channel 5 in st. louis, where for one night the special needs student who normally passes out water to the basketball team became the star of the basketball team. since this is his senior year the coach let him dress for one game. he drained a three-pointer from the corner. with just seconds remaining, he had another three. he was carried off by teammates and fans, the newly crowned big man on campus. good for him. >>> i'm christina brown, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your n sta 12k3w4r5 12k3w4r50i. >>> again this morning we have blustery winds that won't give it up. we have also some clouds flying through the sky producing a few flurries an even a few passing snowshowers. right now, in fact, on radar at this hour we are seeing some flurries and snowshowers in washington county and frerick county to the north as well as the panhandle of west virginia. temperatures below freezing all around the region. where that snow is eaching the round gr frede
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Jan 11, 2010 4:30am EST
owned up to it, apologized. >> reporter: in a statement, reid said, i deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. i sincerely apologize fo offending any and all americans, especially african-americans, for my improper comments. reid apologized directly to the reverend al sharpton. >> i don't excuse what he said, but i also don't want us to be distracted. >> reporter: a few words threatening to make senator reid's reelection fight even tougher, as his party struggles to stay on top in this fall's midterm elections. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> meanwhile, impeached illinois governor rod blagojevich has told "esquire" magazine, he is, quote, blacker than barack obama. telling the magazine he was a real person in a political arena dominated by phonies, the 53-year-old, who is awaiting trial on corruption charges, cited shining shoes and growing up in a five-room apartment as a few of his african-american credentials. >>> well, ju after a week after a security scare shut down an airport, new york airport was again the scene of a tense situation, this time when the landing ge
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Jan 25, 2010 4:30am EST
. there's got to be an end to it. >>> this comes to us from salt lake city, utah where tragedy has been turned into triumph for one fame. a 7-year-old survivor of the devastating earthquake in haiti has a new place to call home after days of uncertainty. the emotional arrival into her adopted family came after her new father flew to haiti speed up the adoption process as its unclear if the orphanage was getting food or water. she joins two other adopted hatian children in what's become a big-hearted family. what a wonderful story. >>> i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. >>> it is now 4:54, 59 degrs. you can see the camera shaking there. it's because the winds are pretty heavy out there. we'll have the latest on your forecast in just a moment. >> i had to double check the temperature, eun. >> we want to start with a look at the forecast with meteorologist tom kierein. it's warm we know and windy. >> only 60 degrees. >> wet. we've had moderate to heavy rain. the winds have caused power outages, transformers blowing with som
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